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Barcelona vs Ath Bilbao LaLiga LIVE Football Score 22 Aug 2021

Barcelona vs Ath Bilbao LaLiga LIVE Football Score 22 Aug 2021

MATCH INFO

Start date: 22 Aug 2021 01:00
Location: Bilbao Venue: San Mames

ABOUT THE MATCH

The Athletic–Barcelona clásico refers to football matches between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona, two clubs competing in Spanish football competitions.

The two clubs are among the oldest in the country, and have participated in every season of the national championship, La Liga. Owing to this, as well as contesting nine finals of the Copa del Rey[ in which they are the two most successful clubs) it is the third most-played football fixture in Spain, after the meetings of each with the third constant member of the league, Real Madrid. Due to this, it has been referred to as a Clásico, the modern Spanish term for a significant and traditional fixture (a classic) which is not a derbi based on geographical proximity.

The relationship between Athletic and Barcelona has historically been fairly healthy aside from certain periods when competitiveness became hostility, such as in the early 1980s. By the turn of the 21st century, the rivalry had largely become a historical concept due to the disparity in the fortunes of the clubs and the lack of a local element,but their frequent meetings in matches of importance, including four Copa del Rey finalsand three Supercopa fixtures in a dozen seasons, restored some relevancy to the fixture.

Barca were frustrated until the 60th minute when Antoine Griezmann turned in Frenkie de Jong’s cross before De Jong headed in himself three minutes later

Messi then drove from his own half, exchanged twice with De Jong and found the bottom corner for Barca’s third. Messi added his second four minutes later, sweeping in Jordi Alba’s cross.Victory gives Barca their first trophy under manager Ronald Koeman and their first silverware since 2019.

“To win a title is important for me,” said Koeman, whose side are third in La Liga – two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. “Despite the changes at the club and the young players, at Barca you have to always fight for trophies.

“We have the first one and now we are going to fight to the last game in La Liga.”For Athletic is was a second Copa del Rey final defeat in two weeks after they lost to Real Sociedad in the delayed 2020 final on 3 April.

 

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